Language Science (Linguistics) (Reference No. W1284)

The Department of Language Science and Technology at Saarland University ... with a distinctly formal focus, particularly in the areas of computer linguistics, ...
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As part of the career development programme for junior researchers funded by the German federal and state governments, Saarland University is inviting applications for the following tenure-track junior professorships commencing winter semester 2018. These positions will initially be fixed-term public sector positions (‘Beamtenverhältnis auf Zeit’) for a period of three or four years. The duration of the appointment may be extended up to a maximum of six years in total if this is supported by the results of the teaching appraisal and the external assessment of the appointee’s research work. If performance continues to meet the required standards and if the tenure evaluation procedure is positive, the junior professor (at the German academic salary scale W1) will be promoted to a permanent professorship (lifetime tenure) at the German academic salary scale W2. Deadline for applications: 05.01.2018

Language Science (Linguistics) (Ref. No. W1284) Faculty of Humanities The Department of Language Science and Technology at Saarland University conducts basic empirical research with a distinctly formal focus, particularly in the areas of computer linguistics, psycholinguistics, corpus linguistics and translation studies. The research questions being addressed concern the human- and machine-processing of language (language comprehension, language production, translation), and language variation and language change with respect to both spoken and written language. Together with other departments in the Faculty, the Department of Language Science and Language Technology is very actively involved in the Collaborative Research Centre (SFB) 1102 ‘Information Density and Linguistic Encoding’ ( and contributes significantly to the Saarbrücken Cluster of Excellence ‘Multimodal Computing and Interaction’ (MMCI) ( We welcome applications from scientists willing to contribute to and complement our existing areas of research. Applicants should be researchers of proven merit in the field of language theory, they should have an excellent command of the relevant empirical and quantitative methods and their main research interests should be in one or more of the following areas: language typology, language evolution, language diversity, multilingual language technology and multilingual language resources. The range of languages investigated should include non-Indo-European languages, of which one should be a widely used language, such as Chinese. It is expected that candidates will have experience of working in collaborative research projects and experience in acquiring external research funding. The appointment will be made in accordance with the general provisions of German public sector employment law. Candidates must be university graduates with experience in and an aptitude for academic teaching who have shown a particular capacity for independent academic research, generally through the outstanding quality of their PhD or doctorate. For additional information on employment requirements, please refer to Sec. 1.4 of the Framework Regulations Governing the Approval, Recruitm